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Instead, we advocate a move away from industrial-scale agriculture towards locally-focused and sustainable models. Feeding the world without exhausting the planet’s natural resources is achievable, but the food security of local communities needs to be put ahead of commercial interests. a The above information is reprinted with kind permission from Greenpeace. greenpeace. uk for more information. © Greenpeace While scientific progress on molecular biology has enormous potential to increase our understanding of nature and provide new medical tools, it should not be used as a justification to turn the environment into a giant genetic experiment driven by selfish commercial interests.
I had. In 2001, Rifkin extolled MAS in the New York Times: ‘I think that’s where the future is,’ he said. breeding by cross-pollination, MAS and GM technology are like having three grades of toolbox. The first is tried and trusted, but the tools are limited and precision is difficult. MAS allows one to do a bit more, focusing better on some more specific objectives. But the way to do things exactly is to know just what you want to do and to have a set of precision tools for doing it. GM technology is well on its way to achieving that, transferring only the benefits farmers want in order to improve their crops, without the limits of traditional plant breeding.
Despite a very stringent regulatory system for the assessment, approval Back to Contents Page By Anthony Fletcher and monitoring of agricultural biotech products put in place in Europe, there are still endless debates between opponents and advocates. ’ EuropaBio claims that the consequence of this ambivalent position is the denial of freedom of choice for European farmers and consumers and negative influence on developing countries towards their adoption of biotech crops including those produced in their own countries to 28 meet their own needs.
A Genetically Modified Future? Issues Vol 138 by Lisa Firth (Editor) Independence Educational Publishers Cambridge